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Good News About the Shaggs, by Pat Thomas

“Credit must be given to the foremothers: the Shaggs. In 1969 they recorded an album that can stand, I think, easily with Beatles ’65, Life with the Lions, Blonde on Blonde, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks as one of the landmarks of rock history. The Wiggins sisters (an anti-power trio) not only redefined . . . → Read More: Good News About the Shaggs, by Pat Thomas

Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Hepola and Steve Almond

Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, Wild, became a successful movie with Reese Witherspoon, is a good storyteller whose online talks and Q&As never contain a dull moment. It was during one of my searches for her talks that I learned that she had resurrected her advice column, Dear . . . → Read More: Dear Sugar Was Here In Portland, Speaking Straight Into Our Ears, by Chuck Strom

Sunspring, by Harper Hull

Game over, writers. The robots are are here and writing scripts.

– Harper Hull

The Smithsonian Has Nothing on This Place, by Chuck Strom

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR, is about an hour off the beaten interstate track, but it’s well worth the trip. It is the home not only of Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose, but also a remarkable collection of vintage airplanes and spacecraft, including V2 and Gemini Titan rockets. The Spruce Goose, . . . → Read More: The Smithsonian Has Nothing on This Place, by Chuck Strom

Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!

There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.

– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

RIP John Trudell, by Daniel Housman

John Trudell, poet, activist for American Indian rights, dies at age 69

RIP John Trudell.

I’ll never forget hearing him speak 20 years ago in a basement hall at the University of Washington, at a time when the case of Leonard Peltier was getting renewed attention (which did not result in his pardon), . . . → Read More: RIP John Trudell, by Daniel Housman

Last Shootout at the Classic Rock Corral! by Tom Kipp

The Last Waltz-as-an-actual-event was a Requiem for both a Sensibility and an Era (call it Classic Rock, if one must), even if no one present knew it. I’ve also always assumed that–as of this date in 1976 anyway–not a single person on that Winterland stage (Patti Smith’s pal Bob aside, of course, and . . . → Read More: Last Shootout at the Classic Rock Corral! by Tom Kipp

The Best Anti-Colonial Movies of All Time

Below is a list of worthy anti-colonial (#anticolo) movies—perhaps the best ever made. A cursory Google search has not uncovered a single list of the best anticolo flicks of all time. The aggregated minds of East Portland Blog have come together to generate a list and potentially be the first website to broach this . . . → Read More: The Best Anti-Colonial Movies of All Time

Look Like a Woman by Emily Pothast, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Look like a woman Shriek like a witch Castrate like a harpy Bathe in blood like the serpent queen you are, girl

– Emily Pothast is one of the geniuses behind Midday Veil.

Jack Kerouac – October in the Railroad Earth

Television host Steve Allen plays the piano on this and it forms a moment of unusual beauty. Here’s Jack Kerouac, our latter day Whitman, singing the body electric in old school San Francisco. He uses the word “fellaheen” a half century before middle eastern class and sectarian struggles would dominate the headlines. Something in . . . → Read More: Jack Kerouac – October in the Railroad Earth

Fishing, Avery crushes huge bass on Barbie pole!

Hat n’ Boots, by Art Chantry

“Hat n’ Boots” was a gas station situated on the old hiway 99 near the Boeing complex south of seattle. as a kid, i remember begging my parents to stop there to buy gas, just so we could go there. it was a giant COWBOY HAT that sold gas! and the restrooms were GIANT . . . → Read More: Hat n’ Boots, by Art Chantry

John Lennon – Attica State (LIVE) – Apollo Theatre – New York City, by Pat Thomas

At 8:20 a.m. on September 9, 1971 the Attica Prison riot began. At 9:45 AM on September 13, tear gas was dropped into the yard and New York State Police troopers opened fire non-stop for two minutes into the smoke. by the time the facility was retaken, 10 hostages (Nine of them Prison guards . . . → Read More: John Lennon – Attica State (LIVE) – Apollo Theatre – New York City, by Pat Thomas

VORTEX 1 – Oregon’s Rock Festival – A Biodegradable Festival of Life – Aug. 28, 1970 to Sept. 3, 1970

This recently resurfaced film clip is awesome, and tells the story as well as I could. Just watch the video:

Vortex 1 Wikipedia Page

Vortex 1 in the Oregon Encyclopedia

And more…

Oral History of British Folk Music a Must Read, by Pat Thomas

Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs is the first ever “oral history” of the British folk scene with expressive quotes from Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, the Watersons, Ashley Hutchings, Wizz Jones, Dave Swarbrick, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Joe Boyd, Richard Thompson, Clive Palmer – utterly inspiring and essential.

. . . → Read More: Oral History of British Folk Music a Must Read, by Pat Thomas

Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

1910 Fair boys sneaking around

Rimkus grew up mere blocks from the sprawling permanent Minnesota State Fair grounds – near halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis and a virtual city in and of itself.

As a kid, planning for a few precious days at the fair was a big deal; Rimkus and his best . . . → Read More: Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe

Dave the dog, at least partly, may have been named after East Portland Davey

Dave the dog refused to eat until the broom was moved away from the food dish. He fears brooms and doesn’t understand them. He’s been known to bark loudly at them and bite them. Once the broom was moved, he . . . → Read More: Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe

One of the Coolest Books About the USA Ever Made, by Art Chantry

Robert Frank’s game-changing book THE AMERICANS, published in 1958 by Grove Press (there was a different edition published in france a year earlier with essays many assorted french intellectuals (and cover art by saul steinberg). the american edition had a single essay by jack kerouac. the project itself was funded by a Guggenhiem Grant.

. . . → Read More: One of the Coolest Books About the USA Ever Made, by Art Chantry

R.I.P. Hitchbot, by Harper Hull

Since someone in Killadelphia ruined my Sunday after they destroyed ‪#‎Hitchbot‬ and left his ripped apart pieces on the sidewalk, including his ridiculous little yellow Wellington boots, I am encouraging the good people behind Hitchy to build a new bot and let it start in Philly. It should be called MurderEveryoneBot.

– Harper . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Hitchbot, by Harper Hull